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Computing technology holds great potential for accelerating scientific research. Microsoft is fully committed to making scientific computing technologies more efficient, to reduce the time to discovery. Microsoft's innovative computing technologies and productivity toolsets help advance data mining and knowledge management, and enhance scholarly publishing and communication. We strive to continually enrich and refine our technical capabilities so that scientists can realize their full potential.

Developing HIV Vaccines

HIV is likely the world's primary health concern; researchers at Microsoft are collaborating with leading AIDS scientific centers to bring together research expertise and cutting-edge computing technology in to the fight against the disease. Biotools (Epitope Prediction, HLA Assignment, HLA Binding, HLA Completion, PhyloD) developed by Microsoft principal researcher David Heckerman and his team have helped in vaccine design for HIV, Malaria and Hepatitis C. Researchers can now also download the source code for the tools to design their own applications.
Science Magazine HIV HLA Article 3.16.2007
Press coverage on HPC Wire 10.29.2006
Epitope research paper 10.2005
Case Study: HIV Study Task Productivity Boost
CNET: David Heckerman

High Performance Computing (HPC) for Science and Engineering Research

To further explore the capabilities of Microsoft technologies in high-performance computing environments, the University of Southampton’s School of Engineering Sciences has constructed a Microsoft software-based computing cluster for industrial and academic use, which enhances the existing research infrastructure and enables engineers and academic researchers to more effectively perform complex computations. Potential uses for the cluster include research into internal and external air flows around aircraft and jet engines, structural analysis of aircraft engine components, water flows around ship hulls, and the behavior of biomedical implants in the body. For more information, watch the following videos. (You will need Microsoft Windows Media Player installed.)
Spitfire Cluster at the University Southampton
Bringing HPC to the Mainstream
HPC perspective - 2007 and Beyond

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